The fourth edition of ‘Sylhet Film Festival’ will kick off on Sunday. The 10-day festival will be held virtually this year due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Sylhet Agricultural University Film Society (SAUFS) has been arranging the festival since 2017.Vice-chancellor of Sylhet Agricultural University (SAU) Professor Dr. Md. Matiar Rahman Howlader, Bangladeshi prominent filmmaker Morshedul Islam and director of the Students Counseling and Guidance professor Dr. Mithu Chowdhury will take part in the inaugural ceremony of the festival.
President of SAUFS Iftekhar Ahmed Fagun said, the 10-day festival includes discussion sessions along with film screenings, where filmmaker, film critic, writer, actor, scholar and media personnel from Bangladesh and abroad will take part. In this edition, 109 selected films will be screened out of 3,061 submitted short films from 112 participating countries. Famous film festival consultant of Indian subcontinent, Premendra Mazumder is curating the festival as the chief festival adviser.
The jury board comprises of Bangladeshi filmmaker Ashraf Shishir, filmmaker, VFX artist and producer Wahid Ibn Reza, filmmaker Muktadir Ibna Salam, Bangladeshi film critic and scholar Sadia Khalid Reeti, film scholar and actor Manoj Kumar Pramanik, Indian film critic and media personnel Siddhartha Maity.
Along with jury members, Bangladesh filmmaker Tauquir Ahmed, Amitabh Reza Chowdhury, Shameem Akhter, additional DIG of Bangladesh police Joydeb Kumar Bhadra, Indian filmmaker Arnab Midya, actress Abantika Biswas, Urmila Mahanta, actor Soham Mazumder, singer June Chatterjee will take part in several discussion sessions.
Forty participant filmmakers from Bangladesh, India, Iran, Turkey, Brazil, UK, South Korea, Mexico, Russia, Egypt, Pakistan, Belgium, Argentina and Venezuela will take part in other discussion sessions. Participants in the discussion session will talk on world film, status of independent filmmaking in different countries, post pandemic film distribution system, future of the streaming platforms, status of film criticism in Bangladesh, quality analysis of films by new makers, the role of film and visual media in the development of agriculture sector and awareness creation and some other topics.
Films, discussions, inauguration and closing ceremony will be live broadcasted on the SAUFS’s website Sylhet film festival website and SAUFS’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.